The volume conjecture, a formula relating hyperbolic volume of a knot complement with the semiclassical limit of a family of coloured Jones polynomials, is widely considered the biggest open problem in quantum topology. It is one of a large family of conjectures and research programmes which have to do with detecting classical geometry with semiclassical limits.

Embarassing as it is to say in public, I only very partially understand why people care so much about such conjectures.

What fantastic consequences would there be for low dimensional topology if the volume conjecture were proven tomorrow? What if all the related conjectures were proven too? How would it improve our understanding of classical topology? More broadly, how would it advance mathematics?